- Truly unspoilt wilderness locations
- Spend a night in a bear hide
- All equipment included
For the past 65 years Paanajarvi National Park on the Russo/Finnish border has been almost untouched by humans, resulting in a flourishing ecosystem of bears, wolves, wolverines, and a mass of birdlife.
Delve deep into this last great wilderness to experience a European habitat like no other before visiting neighbouring Oulanka, in Finland to hopefully catch a glimpse of these majestic animals.
What makes this trip responsible?
On this trip, we stay at Basecamp Oulanka where sustainability is paramount. The very structure of the wooden buildings is testament to how Basecamp takes inspiration from the surrounding wilderness and the award that was won for outstanding accommodation in the VESTAS 2011 awards is proof of their dedication towards quality. The heating system used throughout the complex relies totally on nature using special wood pellets for fuel. Even the hot tub is run from an ingenious system that uses the excess heat generated from the sauna. When it comes to day to day life at Basecamp a very important feature is that man-power is always used over motors to minimise the carbon emissions. All of the guides who work at Basecamp work all year round and are from the local area. Working closely with the local community Basecamp is also extremely proud to promote the local traditions, from courses on the traditional Lappish drum to quinzee building and optional visits to local reindeer farms during the winter season.
Paanajarvi National Park and Oulanka National Park are both part of the PAN Parks network, a Europe wide organisation, founded by the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF) that promotes tourism as a tool for wilderness and nature conservation.
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Family meeting, Paanajarvi National Park, Russia (photo by Tuomo Pirttimaa)